I’m Emily Neuburger – author, artist, and teacher. I live with my husband and three children in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts where natural beauty, community, music, farmland, amazing fresh yogurt, and innovative art collide.
Throughout my teaching career, I’ve been especially interested in how art informs writing and how writing informs art, and how both nurture people’s capacity to imagine. When I was a child, my favorite toys to play with were my special pens, rainbow paperclip collection, books, markers, and my teacher’s plan book. By the time I was 22, not much had changed, so I went on to receive my Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) at Smith College. I brought my special pens to two Massachusetts high schools where I taught English and writing. When my first child was born, I decided to freelance as an artist and educator. The beauty of balancing my particular work with parenting is that my children provide inspiration and are often eager participants in most of what I do. For this, I count my lucky stars.
Small moments and unlikely treasures have always felt magical to me, and I find myself documenting them in my own artwork. Threaded throughout my creations are simple lines, organic shapes, vibrant colors, and a variety of mixed media. In 2008, I sold my handmade artwork at local and regional markets, and my business, Red Bird Crafts, was born. In 2009, I developed the popular project, Story Stones, and since then, they’ve become a well known educational tool in schools and homes around the world. At that time, I started the Red Bird Crafts blog where I wrote about creative living, children’s crafts, and my handmade products. Now that my business has many components, arts and crafts being only one part, I’ve shifted the name of my business from Red Bird Crafts to Emily Neuburger — Artist, Writer, Teacher.
In August 2012, my five time award winning educational craft and activity book, Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling, was published by Storey Publishing. On April 18, 2017, Storey Publishing released my second book, Journal Sparks, which is an innovative, unique creative journaling book for ages 10-100.
I’m passionate about developing imaginative projects for old and young, and my background in education fuels my passion for designs that encourage people to tell stories. Embedded in each project is the hope that it will inspire creative thought, and at the same time, spread around a little bit of joy. I now teach creative expression classes to both children and adults out of my home studio/classroom as well as in museums, libraries, and schools throughout the region and country. My curriculum is a nice, balanced blend of skill-based learning and creative encouragement. I’ve been honored to visit wonderful venues such as the Boston Public Library, the Manhattan Children’s Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as well as many schools, libraries and non-profit centers for education.
Many of my projects for children have been published across the web on popular sites such as Poppytalk, Apartment Therapy, Crafty Crow, Craftzine, and in both Family Fun and Parenting print magazines. I also authored FamilyFun Magazine’s Everyday Fun blog where I posted creative tips, projects, and inspiration.
I continue to feel thankful each day to be a part of a incredible, generous and kind community of artists, educators, parents, and friends. It is a gift.
Thank you for joining me here, and please be in touch!